National news reports the past week have drawn attention to a growing medical crisis – the rampant spread of staph infection that might be killing more than 19,000 victims per year in the U.S.
Infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria are far more widespread than scientists previously thought, according to a study published this week.
the nine sites that researchers examined recently, Baltimore had the
highest rate of infection by invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
aureus, commonly known as MRSA.
Experts said this study of MRSA, the most comprehensive to date, highlighted the growing danger of these antibiotic-resistant germs. Patients who contract MRSA are more likely to die than those who contract many other bacterial infections.
The report coincidently comes as the country observes National Infection Control Week, the third week of October.
Cheryl Rost, manager of Office of Employee Safety at ITD, shares the following that can help reduce the spread of infections and the associated risks.
room germ warfare:
Answer: (Least to most contaminated surface in a conference room):
And the most contaminated surface in a conference room? Drum roll, please ...
Contaminated surfaces are not the same throughout the workplace, though. In an office, the most contaminated workplace surface is the phone mouthpiece and in a cubicle it's the light switch.
Source: Research report titled: Heterotrophic Bacterial levels on Common Workplace Surface, Conducted by S.A. Boone, K.R. Bright, and C.P. Gerba of The University of Arizona.
Armed for germ warfare
How to avoid dangerous staph infection
The Associated Press
This staph infection sometimes first appears on the skin as a red, swollen pimple or boil that may be painful or have pus. It can be spread by close skin-to skin contact or by touching surfaces contaminated with the germ.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises:
Source: The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: